April 4, 2017

Athletes of the Week

Emily Clark, softball

  • Clark put up eye-popping numbers in four Ohio State wins last week. She hit .875 (7-for-8) with two home runs, one double, 11 RBI and seven runs scored. Against Wright State on Wednesday, she went 2-for-3 with a career-high five RBI, a two-run double and three-run home run. On Saturday against Rutgers, she went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and five RBI.

Miles Johnson/Nicolas Szerszen, men’s volleyball

  • The duo combined for 62 kills over the weekend to help Ohio State clinch an outright MIVA title. Johnson had 37 of the kills and Szerszen pitched in with 25 in two straight-sets victories over McKendree.

No. 1 Men’s Volleyball (25-2, 14-0 MIVA)

  • Ohio State clinched the outright 2017 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship Saturday night with a straight-sets victory (25-18, 26-24, 25-15) over McKendree.
  • A solid passing effort paired with superb setting from Christy Blough led to Ohio State attacking .437 on a total of 42 kills. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen launched the outer onslaught while Matt Dorn and Driss Guessous inflicted mass damage from the middle. Johnson wreaked the most havoc, knocking down 16 kills at a .423 attacking rate. Szerszen piled on 11 kills and also hit north of .400 while the combination of Dorn and Guessous terminated 11 kills on just 15 swings.
  • On Friday night against McKendree, Johnson and Szerszen combined for 35 of 45 OSU kills, attacking. 508 as a duo. Johnson averaged seven kills per set, hitting .486 while Szerszen attacked .542 on his 14 kills. The pair was responsible for a total of 42 points on the evening.
  • It marks the 26th conference crown in school history and the Buckeyes 29th straight win over MIVA opponents dating back to last season.

No. 2 Women’s Tennis (19-2, 5-0 Big Ten)

  • Ohio State collected three wins over the weekend against Rutgers, Dayton and Maryland.
  • Early on Friday, Ohio State bested Rutgers by a score of 6-1. Wins by Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus and Ferny Angeles Paz/Miho Kowase gave the Buckeyes the doubles point. Gabriella De Santis, Sanford, Kowase, Angeles Paz and Olivia Sneed all won their singles matches in straight sets to close out the match.
  • After a brief rest period, the Scarlet and Gray were back in action against Dayton. The Buckeyes once again secured the doubles point with wins by Niehaus/Sanford and Kowase/Angeles Paz. The Buckeyes were dominant in singles matches as well with straight-set wins by De Santis, Sanford, Niehaus, Angeles Paz and Sneed. Andrea Ballinger outdueled Mandy Marchant in the final singles match 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3).
  • OSU closed out the weekend with a 7-0 victory over Maryland. The Buckeyes rolled pretty smoothly in this one, registering straight-set wins in all singles matches and receiving the doubles point from the wins of Kowase/Francesca Di Lorenzo and Sanford/Niehaus.
  • The win over Maryland was the Buckeyes’ 12th shutout victory of the season.

No. 2 Men’s Tennis (20-3, 5-0 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes picked up two Big Ten wins over Iowa (7-0) and Nebraska (7-0) this weekend.
  • On Friday against the Hawkeyes, Martin Joyce/Hugo Di Feo and Mikael Torpegaard/Herkko Pollanen both won their doubles matches to pick up the doubles point. OSU followed that up with six wins in singles matches, five of which were in straight sets, including redshirt freshman Alex Kobelt’s white-washing (6-0, 6-0).
  • The Buckeyes played the same way on Sunday against the Cornhuskers. The doubles point came via the same twosome’s from Friday and all six singles matches were won by Ohio State in straight sets, including white-washing’s from Pollanen and Di Feo.

No. 25 Softball (22-7, 6-0 Big Ten)

  • The Buckeyes won four games this week, one against Wright State and the other three against Rutgers, to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games; Ohio State has won 15 of its last 16 games.
  • On Wednesday against Wright State, Ohio State score nine in the first and five more in the third en route to a 14-1 five-inning win. Alex Bayne hit her 10th home run — and second grand slam — of the season to left center in the bottom of the first, and in the bottom of the third, Lilli Piper drove in two RBI and Emily Clark launched a three-run home run to left field.
  • OSU outscored Rutgers 32-3 in the three games this weekend for the sweep. Taylor White knocked in three RBI in each game of the series to end the weekend with nine RBI. Two-out hitting was a key factor in the offense in the series as the Buckeyes hit .480 with two outs, scoring 13 runs in those circumstances.

Track and Field

  • Madison Roberts became the co-school record holder in the pole vault on Saturday at the Florida Relays with a personal-best clearance of 3.85m (12-7.50). Roberts shares the record with current teammate Megan Hoffman, and Roberts currently owns the school’s indoor record in the pole vault. Cole Gorski entered into the men’s all-time pole vaulting list with a personal-best clearance of 5.22m (17-1.50) to finish fourth as well.
  • Several other Buckeyes notched Top 10 NCAA marks at the meet: Nick Demaline (shot put — 19.62m), Deshawn Marshall (200m dash — 20.53), Maggie Barrie (400m dash — 52.82) and Champ Page (400m dash — 46.30).
  • The sprint medley squad of Karrington Winters, Tamani Wilson, Christine London and Rachel Weber) clocked the second-fastest time in school history (3:52.54) to place second, and the women’s 4x400m relay of Beatrice Hannan, Winters, Aaliyah Barnes and Maggie Barrie also clocked the second-fastest readout in program history (3:29.04) to finish fourth.

Women’s Gymnastics

  • Alexis Mattern posted a 39.250 to place fifth in the all-around at the NCAA Champaign Regional on Saturday to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships. Her best finishes of the meet came on the floor (9.850 — T4th) and uneven bars (9.850 — T6th).

Women’s Golf

  • Jessica Porvasnik earned her 17th Top-10 finish of her career over the weekend at the Clemson Invitational. Porvasnik fired rounds of 70-72-73 to finish with a 1-under par 215.

Ohio State Athletics Schedule

Wednesday, April 5

  • Baseball, vs. Kent State, 6:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio State

Thursday, April 6

  • Women’s Lacrosse, vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Tennessee Relays, All Day — Knoxville, Tenn.

Friday, April 7

  • Softball, vs. Michigan, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Indiana, 6 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Baseball, at Penn State, 6:30 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Women’s Tennis, at Iowa, 7 p.m. — Iowa City, Iowa
  • Women’s Soccer, vs. Ohio, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Lindenwood, 8 p.m. — St. Charles, Mo.
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Big Ten Championships, 8 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Tennessee Relays, All Day — Knoxville, Tenn.

Saturday, April 8

  • Baseball, at Penn State, 2 p.m. — State College, Pa.
  • Softball, vs. Michigan, 2 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Soccer, vs. Ohio Northern, 3 p.m. — Ada, Ohio
  • Women’s Volleyball, vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Men’s Gymnastics, Big Ten Championships, 8 p.m. — Champaign, Ill.
  • Men’s Volleyball, at Quincy, 8 p.m. — Quincy, Ill.
  • Rowing, vs. Iowa/Indiana, All Day — Bloomington, Ind.
  • Men’s Golf, Cabarrus County Irish Creek Intercollegiate, All Day — Kannapolis, N.C.
  • Women’s/Men’s Track and Field, Tennessee Relays, All Day — Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Field Hockey, Northwestern Tournament, All Day — Evanston, Ill.

Sunday, April 2

  • Men’s Tennis, vs. Purdue, 12 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Softball, vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Women’s Tennis, at Nebraska, 1 p.m. — Lincoln, Neb.
  • Baseball, at Penn State, 3 p.m. — University Park, Pa.
  • Men’s Lacrosse, vs. Johns Hopkins, 7 p.m. — Columbus, Ohio
  • Field Hockey, Northwestern Tournament, All Day — Evanston, Ill.
  • Men’s Golf, Cabarrus County Irish Creek Intercollegiate, All Day — Kannapolis, N.C.